US EPA Vision 2020 Presentation


These materials were developed to support the US EPA's efforts to communicate its 2009 Sustainable Materials Management report. The materials include 72 slides, organized into modules, along with a Presenter Script and Presenter Notes that provide guidance on customization for different audiences. The slides can be used to support presentations varying in length from 15 to 60 minutes.


Client: US EPA

Design: Jason Pearson

Title slide
The presentation includes an overview of consumption intensity of the United States, which houses 5% of the world's population, but consumes 1/3 of its material resources.
Our reliance on minerals as ingredients for products (such as cell phones, flat-screen monitors, paint, and toothpaste) requires the mining of more than 25,000 pounds of new minerals per person each year. That is roughly 150 times the weight of the average person.
For the purposes of the presentation, the four key principles of sustainable materials management were refined and reworded to ease comprehension.
A new graphical vocabulary was developed to represent supply chains, in order to explain how sustainable materials management shifts the focus away from the volume of material flows...
...toward measuring the impact of those material flows at different points in the supply chain. This graphical vocabulary was further expanded through application to an example from the electronics industry.
Using advanced statistical methods, the EPA identified 38 key sectors (out of a total of 480 sectors analyzed) that were appropriate for sustainable materials management pilots. These 38 sectors are directly responsible for the majority of environmental impacts in every impact category studied.
Using previously developed visualization methods, the supply chain connections among these 38 sectors were presented as a way to explain the difference between Direct, Intermediate, and Final Consumption impacts.
Slides were also provided to represent the results of the statistical analysis in conventional bar graph and pie chart formats.
The presentation concludes with an overview of the three major recommendations of the report.
A detailed 23-page Presenter Script is provided to guide presenters in the appropriate use of the slides.
A separate 2-page Presenter Notes document provides additional guidance for presenters.